Sunday, August 25, 2013

[Birthday Bash] Funday Sunday: A Series on Sequins, Inspirations and Cake-related Things

Happy Saturday Neat & Tangled fans! Today I have something different up my sleeve. It's my turn again on the blog and I have gathered a few of my favorite friends to help me put today together.

We will announce the Blog Hop winner tomorrow, so you will want to check back. Remember there are 2 $5 gift certificate drawn, and someone who will Win It All.

What I really wanna cover with you are a few things our blog readers have requested...

Birthday Q&A
Happy Birthday! I am new to Little Tangles but I have ordered the beautiful sequins you offer and love them. I would love to see more ideas using the sequins. ~Saundra

Happy Birthday!! I am new to N & T, but I would love to see more projects using Ink Splash (which I have and LOVE!!!) and sequins. Thanks!!

Well, I'm 100% addicted to N&T I'd love to see sequiny stuff. :) HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

I'm loving the N & T sequins so would love to see more ideas on how to use them. I struggled my way through a shaker card the other day and it just didn't turn out the way I'd hoped

We saw a few inspirations during our Challenge #19 blog hop, because our dear Design Team were given the task by yours truly to create with these little, popular, precious pieces of bling. However, between the five of us girls, plus the extra unexpected creations, it is not possible to cover a infinite amount of possibilities. 

Today I would like to share a few things that my dear friend Lisa has helped put together to help quench your inspiration for sequins.

Little Tangles' Sequins Inspiration
Lisa is a Pinterest fiend, and with her help we see how sequins are used:
  • filler to a frame or jar
  • accents placed strategically across the card
  • focal point to a card by making them stream or rain down.
  • mixed size and finish make for a fun interesting texture
  • a border
  • filler for a shaker card
  • a placeholder to represent something, e.g. like a cherry on top of a cupcake
Feel free to follow the link, since this collage doesn't have everything showcased, but rather just a sampling!

Inspiration for Gifts
Since Lisa was pinning away, she also decided to create a great board for gifts. Because if you're attending a party, usually a gift idea is in order....right? Here is just a few ideas...

Gift Ideas
Again, this collage is not complete, so please feel free to hop over there and peruse...!

Thanks Lisa for your help!

Challenge #19 Eat Cake Inspiration
Next I wanted to share with you some inspiration from our Design Team Barb. We have a challenge going on and this darling project is a great reminder for it.

by Barb Murphy
Isn't it just gorgeous? I love the layers and the fun use of sequins here too! Little accents of loveliness. And all to bring out the great Sketchy Cupcake as a focal point. Isn't it just perfectly cake-a-licious?

Cupcake Topper Tutorial
Last, and certainly not least, is Samantha's contribution to our Funday Sunday. She was on the blog earlier last month with this excellent masking technique. She is here with another great tutorial (and in my mind, a genius on how to use these Neat & Tangled stamps).

It's samantha here again! are you loving all of the celebration happening this month, or what?? 
I am totally excited to check each post every day! it's so fun!! yahoo for neat and tangled's 1st birthday (month) celebration!

today i'm back on the blog and wanted share how we recently celebrated my little men with their birthday's this month! what's a birthday without cupcakes, am i right!? so since my little guys have birthdays 2 weeks apart in august (the littlest Mann turned 2 and the bigger one turned 5), it's an exciting time for us! and we made vanilla cupcakes to celebrate! so, i decided to dress up the cupcakes with some super fun, neat and tangled stamped cupcake toppers!!

**please note - the cupcakes themselves look a little lackluster, i know. that's why i added the toppers! ha ha!
and full discolsure little menn don't like icing (or chocolate!) the icing was only added for these pictures!! and if i'm really doing full discolsure, we call them vanilla muffins at our house (not cupcakes, because in my opinion, if there's no icing, there's no fun. so there's no 'cupcake' term, because cupcakes are fun!) ha ha!!!

i used three neat and tangled stamp sets: sketchy cupcakessparkle and shine, and just thinking of you.

here's how i made them, first i stamped the fork image (LOVE that image!):

colored it in:

cut it out:

and attach a popsicle stick to the back (be sure the popsicle stick hangs off the end so you have part to stick in the icing and cupcake without getting the fork gooey)

the end! :)

and here are some pictures of the little Mann's themselves with their cupcakes! (...see them eyeing the icing there? they're literally about to tell me to scrape it off. ha ha!!)

so that's it! it's your turn now! make a project to celebrate something (anything!) and link it up to the latest little tangles challenge! and stay tuned for more FUN and laughs on the little tangles blog as they continue to celebrate 1 year of neat and tangled stamps!!

Wow, these are perfect. I bet those cupcakes taste pretty special, just because it has so much lovely design pizzazz. And they say we eat with our eyes, too, right? Thanks for sharing the pictures with the boys. They really look like they are enjoying them and admiring your piece of craft and baking work here! Lucky them!

So what are you up to this weekend? In case you're looking to add some fun into your Sundae Sunday...(those cupcakes are putting food on my mind)...

Challenge Reminders
Technique Challenge - ends Sept 4; Guest Designer Spot
Challenge #19 Eat Cake - ends Sept 1; free stamp set
Project Life Challenge - ends Aug 28; $5 gift certificate

Just because I can, I'm throwing out a free pack of sequins to those who will share with me what your favorite part of the Birthday Bash has been so far. Has it been the guest post? The challenges? Answering the reader questions? Leave your thoughts in the comments. I will announce winners on Aug 28.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.


  1. WOW!!! All this awesome inspiration with all the pic, that gorgeous card from Barb and Samantha's super duper adorable cupcake toppers!!!!
    I am a new Neat and Tangled follower so I have really enjoyed seeing all these fun projects with your stamps! Plus sequins are AWESOME and are becoming a HUGE addiction to me...LOL!
    Happy Birthday again!!
    Thanks for sharing, for the chance to win a pack and have a GREAT Sunday!

  2. Loved all your guests posts and all the fun inspiration. Thanks for a chance to win!!

  3. Oh my, a post filled with oodles of inspiration! My anticipation for my N&T order to arrive is amping up daily!! The two collages+links are fabulous; Barb's card is eye-candy+++; the cake (muffin) toppers tutorial sooo appreciated! All the photos - wonderful!! Narrowing down favourite parts is too challenging, so I'm going with my Top 3: answering reader questions with cards created by designers (awesome 'how to' teaching); guest posts, because something new and inspiring is ALWAYS shared; the variety of challenges that offer so many possibilities! Every post this month has been a spirit-lifter and day-brightener! THANK you to everyone who has played a role here; you're amazing!!

  4. I have loved the Q and A both on screen and by email both here and on the N&T blog. Getting to interact with Danielle and the DT one-on-one has made the Neat & Tangled stamps really come alive for me and have so much more meaning! Thanks for all the wonderful BD celebration festivities!!
    <3 J

  5. I loved being able to figure out some birthday cards I could make w/o birthday stamps ... always love finding new ways to use stamps I already own.

  6. I would love to win some sequins, I have loved the fact that you have had a variety of different things on the blog this month during the anniversary month. It has been nice having something different each day of the month. Thank you for the surprise giveaways and challenges too have been great.

  7. I have loved all the different challenges to take part in. Thanks for all the fun giveaways too.

  8. What a super fun post!! All of you ladies are sooooo TALENTED!!! :)

  9. Dude, chock full of goodness today!

  10. My fave part of the b-day bash has been all of the inspiration!! I have seen cards with sequins and didn't know where to begin but you have offered so many great techniques I will be using them often!!
    Thanks :)

  11. I've loved seeing how much mileage you can get out of Neat & Tangled stamps. It's been the most jam-packed birthday bash I've known, and there's still another week - yay!!

  12. I am loving all the fun ideas! I think my favorite part of the Birthday Bash has been seeing the use of non-birthday stamps for birthday projects!! Happy Sunday!! ~hugs, Saundra

  13. FAB projects LOVE Barbs card & Samantha's cupcakes!!! Lisa's pinspiration boards look fantastic too!

  14. Favourite parts so far have been getting to know Danielle a little better & creative uses of the Neat & Tangled stamps :)

  15. i've been enjoying all the guest posts!

  16. Since I am a challenge junkie - it has been the challenges for me and of course all the inspiration an gorgeous projects!

  17. The whole thing has been my favorite really! I loved being a guest, all the fab creations (like these on this post!!!!), the challenges, every single thing! Thank you for putting on such a fun birthday bash!

  18. I have been loving all of the different projects and the guest post. And of course the challenges are fun to see what people come up with.